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Preseason Rankings: Boys Soccer No. 1, Girls No. 4, Baseball No. 6

Preseason Rankings: Boys Soccer No. 1, Girls No. 4, Baseball No. 6

The SJCS Varsity boys soccer team is No. 1 in Class 1A in preseason rankings compiled by the South Carolina High School Soccer Coaches Association.

The Knights are coming off a season in which they won the school's 10th state championship, their ninth under Coach Frank Kucinic. They defeated Christ Church 4-2 in the state final to finish on top for the first time since winning five consecutive titles from 2012 through 2016.

The SJCS girls, under second-year coach Joe O'Neill, are No. 4 in the Class 2A/1A rankings. The Knights, Class 2A champions in 2021 and 2022, lost in the 1A Upper state final last season.

The boys will compete in the Mill Town Invitational in Fort Mill beginning February 17, and the same weekend, the girls will play in the Generals Cup at Wade Hampton High School.

SCHSSCA PRESEASON RANKINGS

Class 2A/1A Girls

1. Oceanside Collegiate; 2. Christ Church; 3. Bishop England; 4. St. Joseph’s; 5. Academic Magnet; 6. Southside Christian; 7. Greer Middle College; 8. Fox Creek; 9. York Prep; 10. Brashier Middle College.

Class 1A Boys
1. St. Joseph’s;
2. Christ Church; 3. Southside Christian; 4. Bridges Prep; 5. Palmetto Scholars.

Baseball

The SJCS Varsity baseball team is No. 6 in Class 1A in the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association preseason rankings.

The Knights, under first-year coach and former St. Joe's standout Aaron Lesiak, advanced to the 1A Upper State tournament -- the final four in the Upper State -- last season.

The Knights will open the season in a tournament at Byrnes beginning February 23, taking on Woodruff, Byrnes and Blue Ridge (No. 2 in 3A).

SCBCA PRESEASON RANKINGS

Class 1A

1. Southside Christian; 2. Lewisville; 3. Johnsonville; 4. East Clarendon; 5. Lake View; 6. St. Joseph's; 7. Christ Church; 8. Latta; 9. Green Sea Floyds; 10. McBee.